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The Diaghilev Connection II


He had gained fame by commissioning Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe and Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Petrouchka, and The Rite of Spring. And by the outbreak of World War I, Sergei Diaghilev’s talent for cultivating and nurturing great artists in music, visual art and dance had made him the undisputed center of the ballet world.

But the war saw his Ballets Russes scattered to the four corners of the globe, while infighting and professional rivalries began taking their toll, as well.

In the next hour, how Diaghilev emerged triumphant to inspire and commission a decade of important music from de Falla, Satie, Respighi, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev— and two more from Stravinsky.

 

RECORDINGS USED

CD Title

Group/Artist

Catalog #

UPC

Stravinsky: Pulcinella

Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, tenor John Fryatt, Simon Rattle (cond.)

EMI Classics CDM 7 69204 2

07777692042

Manuel de Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Sony MYK 44721

 

074644472127

Homage to Satie

Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel

Vanguard 1612

699675161224

Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne; Respighi La Boutique Fantastique

Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler

RCA 09026-61847-2

090266184729

Stravinsky Ballets  (for Les Noces)

L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ernest Ansermet

Decca 4678182

028946781821

 

Ballets Russes Vol. 9 (for Le Train Bleu & La Chatte)

German Radio Philharmonic, Robert Reimer

Hanssler Classics 93.296

4010276025689

Poulenc - Animaux modeles - Les Biches

Odense Symphony Orchestra, Jan Wagner

Classico CLASSCD 239

5709644986446

Prokofiev Ballets (for The Prodigal Son & Chout)

USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Melodiya 1000909

 

4600317009091

 

Stravinsky: Firebird, Petrushka • Suites Nos. 1 And 2

BRT Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels, Alexander Rahbari

Naxos ‎8.550263

4891030502635

 
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